The manner of death listed for Whitney Elizabeth Houston is checked off as "pending investigation," and the immediate cause of death is listed as "deferred." The L.A. County Coroner's office is awaiting toxicology results in order to determine an official cause of death, which could take several weeks.
In the United States death certificates are considered public domain documents and can therefore be obtained for any individual regardless of the requester's relationship to the deceased. Other jurisdictions like foreign countries might take a different view, and restrict the issue of certificates.
Death certificates can describe either a document issued by a medical practitioner certifying the deceased state of a person or popularly to a document issued by a person such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person's death as later entered in an official register of deaths. In Whitney’s case the cause is “pending.”
She will be laid to rest this Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ, which is the same location where her father is buried.